14 March 2017
We’re delighted with the progress made so far on a significant project that will see a brand-new home for Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University (BCU).
The new building will open its doors to students in August 2017, continuing a history of producing talented musicians and performers dating back to 1886. It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Birmingham Conservatoire, one of only eight conservatories in the UK, to establish its role as one of the major players in the higher music education.
WYG was commissioned in 2014 to provide civil and structural engineering services having previously completed the BCU Phase 2 building, working with Fieldon Clegg Bradley Studios and Hoare Lea.
The new £46M facility is the first complete new build Conservatoire in the UK since 1987, and will provide state-of-the-art performance space and acoustical quality. It will comprise five performance venues, including a public concert hall with the capacity for over 450 seats and a full orchestra, plus a recital hall at 150 seats and smaller experimental music space, organ and jazz rooms. There will also be more than 70 music practice rooms of various sizes, recording facilities and public exhibition space.
Acoustic engineering has moved on since the Adrian Boult Hall was initially built in the 1980s and WYG’s team of experts proved this by designing an innovative ‘box-in-box’ construction, stacked above each other, supported on acoustic bearings that would allow the performance spaces to be totally isolated.
The biggest box houses the 400-seat, 17m high Adrian Boult Hall, which will also accommodate a full orchestra. This is positioned above two smaller boxes accommodating a recital hall and an experimental music space. At the other end of the building, the other two boxes housing jazz and organ rooms are stacked on top of each other.
Extensive use of BIM has enabled to complex structure to be combined with the services and architectural model significantly reducing clashes during the construction phase.
The works are continuing onsite with the structural work now compete. We look forward to sharing photographs when the building is complete later this year.
Music to our ears